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Monday, September 1, 2014
Laxatives and breastfeeding
I have a 3 and a half month old daughter and ever since I had her, I have had trouble with constipation! The doctor put me on laxatives. I have been off and on them since her birth and almost everyday, she goes through crying spells when she stiffens up and you can tell that her stomach is hurting. I love to breastfeed but if this is hurting her, do I need to stop breastfeeding? Or is there something else I can take which won`t affect her any? Or is the laxatives causing it at all?
You don`t say what kind of laxatives you are taking but it unlikely that they are the cause of you baby`s crying. Bulk-forming laxatives,such as Metamucil, are preferable to irritant laxatives such as Colace. It`s also important to be sure you are drinking sufficient fluids and including fiber in your diet. I would encourage you to talk about your baby`s crying spells with your pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner. You don`t say what your baby`s bowel movements are like but if unless they are hard, she is not constipated. Most importantly, it`s not necessary to stop breastfeeding but you should discuss your concerns with her health care provider.
Donna Dowling, PhD,RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University